Monday, June 22, 2009
Monday, June 15, 2009
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Darcy and I met more than ten years ago when we each signed up for a free online writing class and then joined an internet writing community. We became fans of each other’s work, then critique partners, then friends. And then, through a few twists of fate, we became co-authors.
A few weeks ago, Darcy wrote down a few of the guidelines that helped us through the process of writing together. Today, I add my take as well--because this is the way we work. She sends me something, I tweak it, and then send it back (and vice versa).
Darcy says: Charity says on writing together:
Darcy says: Choose a partner that you genuinely admire, respect…and like. You will be spending a lot of time with your co-author.
Charity says: A word of caution: someone can be a great writer and not-such-a-great online communicator. We had the advantage of many years of online communicating already behind us before we started working together.
Darcy says: Stash your ego in the closet for the duration of the project. It isn’t about you and it isn’t about her (or him). It’s about the book.
Charity says: So true. I don’t have much to add to this one except stashing your ego in the closet is all around good advice for writing and publishing.
Darcy says: Examine your own strengths and weaknesses and understand your role in the project. Charity was the chief engineer of our novel due to her amazing plotting abilities. I was the “sparkly eyeliner applier” due to my generally goofy nature. The book needed both of us.
Charity says: We also found that when one of us didn’t understand something in one of our revision letters, the other did. And when we both didn’t understand, we could puzzle it out together.
Darcy says: Communicate, communicate, communicate. Don’t let trouble fester. If you are frustrated by some aspect of the story or the process, talk it out. Chances are, if you’re feeling uncomfortable, your partner is too—and that’s counterproductive to good writing.
Charity says: Also, if you’re frustrated with a scene, there’s nothing like handing it off to your writing partner to “fix.” But our best ideas came when we were working together, brainstorming via IM. What seemed insurmountable worked itself out when we worked together.
Darcy says: Enjoy the process! Writing a novel together is a unique and amazing experience. Have fun with it!
Charity says: And when you have something to celebrate, you get twice the excitement and joy.
One thing's for sure: It's going to take more than brains for this girl genius to cheer her way to the top of the pyramid.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
The amazing Dissecting Perfection gathered together a bunch of Young Adult authors and bloggers to contribute their fave summer song to a YA Summer Playlist. Check it out here.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
The first Wednesday of the month means another edition of The Book Review Club hosted by Barrie Summy, author of I So Don't Do Mysteries. Today, I'm featuring one of the ten novels chosen for my annual South Jersey Mom magazine Chick Lit Pick's Beach Reads column.
During a shoreline stroll, Abby Mason stops for a split second to snap a picture of a baby seal and when she looks up, her soon to be stepdaugther, Emma, is gone. Follow Abby and her family as they enter the tormenting world of searching for a missing child. Get swept away by this edge- of-your-seat emotional thriller.
Every parents worst nightmare is losing a child. Although THE YEAR OF THE FOG is emotionally tough to read at times, the flashback technique used by Richmond makes the novel impossible to put down. I'm recommending this month's book to anyone who has children or share the fear of losing someone. :)
Have a wonderful Wednesday!! :)